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Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Sep 2022 2:29 p.m. PST

In most hollywood movies after 2 minutes you wonder how anyone tells friend from foe.

So, can you recommend a movie with a good medieval battle scene that is realistic – at least as far as we under stand it?

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2022 3:21 p.m. PST


rmaker27 Sep 2022 4:08 p.m. PST

The French cavalry charge in the Olivier version of Henry V is pretty good. If you look for it, you can even pick out the blind King of Bohemia with his two attendants.

William Warner27 Sep 2022 6:09 p.m. PST

The attack and capture of the castle in Ivanhoe.

IGWARG1 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian27 Sep 2022 9:45 p.m. PST

Alexander Nevsky. They have it on youtube. Battle lasts like half an hour. Most realistic scene and a very good film.

Archon6427 Sep 2022 10:17 p.m. PST

Occasional giant notwithstanding, how about the Battle of the Bastards in Game of Thrones?

42flanker28 Sep 2022 12:03 a.m. PST

blind King of Bohemia with his two attendants

Although, I have a feeling he died at Crécy in 1346.

42flanker28 Sep 2022 12:05 a.m. PST

For all its budgetary limitations (perhaps because of?) the battle of Shrewsbury in Orson welles' 'Chimes at Midnight' is brutish, bloody and short.

Major Mike28 Sep 2022 4:14 a.m. PST

I sort of like the attack on the castle in "The Vikings" with Kirk Douglas. The archers are shooting blunt arrows at their opposition.

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2022 5:44 a.m. PST

The last episode in the first (and only good) season of The Last Kingdom.

Later seasons revert to ‘everybody break up into one on one fights'.

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2022 5:46 a.m. PST

I also liked the battle in the middle of Kingdom of Heaven.

Eumelus Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2022 5:47 a.m. PST

Richard's death ride in Olivier's "Richard III" is an exciting and well-filmed depiction of a charge by mounted men-at-arms in late 15th-c plate armor.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Sep 2022 5:59 a.m. PST


This is my issue. Just watched "The King." Great film. But the mosh pit in the battle – how the bleep do you tell friend from foe? Same seems to happen in a lot of battles. Sure, Gaul versus Roman, easy enough. But when it's Vikings fighting each other….

0ldYeller28 Sep 2022 6:36 a.m. PST

I thought that movie about the search for the Holy Grail was pretty realistic – especially the fight with the Knight at the bridge and some of the castle siege scenes.

42flanker28 Sep 2022 6:54 a.m. PST

Although the cow was quite the wrong breed for the period, and it is my understanding that elderberries have no smell at all.

Grelber28 Sep 2022 7:07 a.m. PST

I do like Jean Reno smashing his shield into the guy's face in "Just Visiting." Not a big battle, just Jean versus half a dozen bandits.


0ldYeller28 Sep 2022 8:34 a.m. PST

The fight scene at the Medieval Banquet in The Cable Guy was quite realistic as well.

KSmyth28 Sep 2022 9:45 a.m. PST

Wall breach defense scene in Kingdom of Heaven. That was pretty gritty.

steve dubgworth28 Sep 2022 10:49 a.m. PST

i was always impressed by the siege scene from "The Warlord".

would make a great small scale game

with a relief force.

i would avoid the mobile siege engines used as field artillery

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2022 4:24 p.m. PST

i was always impressed by the siege scene from "The Warlord".

would make a great small scale game

A friend of mine runs that game once in a while with 54mm figures. Big figures skirmishing is not really my thing, but the company and the liquor are good, and at least there are no orcs, dwarves or elves.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2022 4:28 p.m. PST

Not Medieval, but the long Rocroi battle sequence in Alatriste was really, really well done. The cannons, pistols and muskets are not Medieval, and there are no arrows or crossbows, but the swords, daggers, pikes and varying body armor sure are.

clibinarium29 Sep 2022 7:08 a.m. PST

Though not perfect, I am surprised nobody mentioned the Loudoun Hill scene from "Outlaw King". The integration of stuntwork and CGI is pretty seamless. A good depiction of a cavalry charge gone wrong I thought.

DeRuyter29 Sep 2022 10:23 a.m. PST

I thought the battle scenes in the Amazon Prime Spanish series: "The Legend of El Cid" were well done. (Aside from the stars/heroes never wearing helmets!).

+1 for the initial season of "The Last Kingdom"

Branagh did well with his Henry V but more so with the sound/music effect to make you feel the impending charge and clash of arms!

0ldYeller29 Sep 2022 10:32 a.m. PST

The castle siege scene in Ironclad (2011) looks pretty good. Have not seen the entire movie but great cast including Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi and Charles Dance. Something about Barons fighting King John leading to the Magna Carta. Wow, that is some nasty violence in that scene – on You Tube.

clibinarium29 Sep 2022 10:58 a.m. PST

Most movie battles-

sidley29 Sep 2022 12:40 p.m. PST

Although not quite historical, I do like the battle scenes in Excalibur for the simple reason that armour works.
So many films where a simple sword thrust or cut goes through armour like butter is so annoying. Chain in particular is shown in films as utterly pointless.

Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2022 1:01 p.m. PST

Army of Darkness?

YouTube link

uglyfatbloke13 Oct 2022 1:56 a.m. PST

X2 for Old Yeller and 42Flanker…only a flesh wound…..

Simo Hayha19 Oct 2022 8:02 p.m. PST

its ECW war but i really like this scene
YouTube link

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